Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Roger Crawford

February 8, 2014
Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford

Expertise:   Peak Performance, Positive Mindset, Success, Motivation

Speaking Style:  Inspiring. Dynamic. Real.

Travels From:  Sacramento, California

Nancy Says:  “I’ve had the highest of regards for Roger – as a presenter and human being – for as long as I’ve been in the business. He’s amazing and truly one of our industry’s finest speakers.”

Turning Pessimism of "I Can't" into the Unstoppable Power of "I Can!"

From center court to center stage, Roger Crawford knows what it takes to defy the odds and achieve phenomenal success.  Sports Illustrated recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world.”  In his exhilarating programs, Roger shows others how they too, can learn to persevere, overcome adversity and adopt a minder of unshakeable optimism.

Roger’s remarkable life is a powerful example that challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional.  He is the first and only person in history to be a U.S. Professional Tennis Association athlete and become a NCAA Division I tennis champion with a sever disability.  Roger’s story was chronicled in the NBC Emmy Award-winning movie, I a New Light.  He is also the author of several books: How High Can You Bounce?, Think Again, and his autobiography, Playing From the Heart.

Learn more about Roger Crawford...

Before Roger Crawford inspired others on Center Stage he achieved phenomenal success on Center Court. Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world”. He has lived out the principles of perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity and eloquently communicates with audiences today. Roger’s remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!”

Roger has been featured on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other prominent television programs. His life was the basis for an Emmy award winning movie entitled (In a New Light). The print media has also acknowledged his amazing accomplishments and profiled him in publications such as, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, and Tennis Magazine. You may have read about Roger’s football exploits in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Roger Crawford has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his highly successful speaking career spanning two decades. As a member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities he shares this prestigious distinction with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Roger’s compelling story of how he became an NCAA Division I tennis champion communicates and demonstrates how he successfully competed though he appeared to have a significant disadvantage. That is what your eyes would tell you, but you cannot see courage.


Presentation Topics

How High Can You Bounce: Capture the Possibilities of Change 


Conquer Change with the Attitude of “I Can”!

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal”? The truth is, what may have been successful yesterday may not be successful tomorrow.

This powerful program explores the attitudes and actions needed to bounce forward, equipped to conquer change and triumph over trials.

You’ll discover how to bounce to new heights and achieve extraordinary results. With these proven success principles, it doesn’t mean you won’t get knocked down, but it does mean you won’t get knocked out!

This powerful program will help you and your organization:

  • Effectively conquer change and triumph over trials.
  • Discover there is no limit to how high you can bounce!
  • Learn to bounce forward despite the obstacles.
  • Dispel the myth of predictability to become a change-ready peak performer.
  • Dramatically improve your personal bounce-factor to catapult above and beyond your competition.
  • Be equipped to prevail when you fail.
  • Discover the secrets of resilient leadership.

Playing from the Heart: Turn Adversity into Possibility 

Motivate Your Team to Unleash Untapped Possibility in your Organization!

Most handicaps that prohibit us from reaching our potential are not seen, often they are self-imposed. These disabling limitations are frequently the negative beliefs held by an individual or an organization about their abilities and possibilities. This dynamic program provides the inspiration and strategies needed to blast through these perceived barriers with the strength of purpose, perspective, and perseverance.

Audiences are equipped with new tools and ways of thinking to unleash untapped possibility in your organization. Not only will “Playing from the Heart” touch your heart in a profound way, the program will motivate your team to:

  • Break through self-limiting thinking to discover your possibility potential.
  • Discover how clarity of possibility will increase enthusiasm, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Learn how choice, not chance, determines content and quality of thought.
  • Distinguish between fear and anxiety.
  • Reshape the vision of what is possible.

Think Again: Discover Possibilities Hidden in Plain Sight

Develop the Power of Employee Attitude: How to Instill a “You Can” Culture

What is the difference between those who realize great possibilities and others who achieve mediocrity?Is it a matter of time, natural talent, or years of training?

In this groundbreaking keynote presentation, audiences discover their most powerful resource is not simply aptitude or ability, but their chosen attitude towards aptitude and ability that create possibilities. The most successful people and organizations think again or think differently from those less successful.

Much too often, we believe we are incapable of making the necessary change in our thinking and therefore are unable to achieve the success we really desire. Everyone encounters circumstances that are uncontrollable and unchangeable, but we can learn to control and change our mindset. When you put the “Think Again!” skills into practice, your productivity increases, performance is enhanced and new possibilities emerge!

Some actionable ideas your organization can use to establish a competitive advantage are:

  • Discover the language that leads to discovering new possibilities
  • Dispel the familiar myth that talk is cheap
  • Find the remote to utilize your personal mental TiVo
  • Identify and develop your unique possibility zone
  • Increase your productivity as you concentrate on what you procrastinate
  • Cultivate the thinking patterns needed to meet peak performance demands 



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